Maison Blanc

Restaurants, French Hampstead
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Hampstead branch of the Maison Blanc chain.


Venue name: Maison Blanc
Address: 76 Hampstead High St
Opening hours: Open 7am-7pm Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Hampstead tube
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Sweet and tasty and friendly. If I was known for writing the world’s shortest reviews then that, my friends, would be a cracking one. Maison Blanc in Hampstead might not be the fanciest, most eye-popping or illustrious place to have a little something to eat or drink but given that Hampstead is not exactly known for its cheap side, it’s a perfectly decent spot to take the weight off your feet after a ramble around the glorious Heath and before a potter around the loveliest little antiques markets.

A candy striped awning and several al fresco tables & chairs outside give way to a petite bakery and a deceptively long dining area inside – snag a table by the window and indulge in a little people watching as you sip your tea! The menu delivers everything you’d expect from early morning golden pastries and Hollandaise smothered eggs to crepes, croquet monsieurs, tartines, baguettes and of course, a charming selection of dolls-house pretty patisserie. A lovely selection of tea sits alongside a little wine menu so you’re covered whether you’re here with your grandma or your best friend.

A homemade sausage roll was meaty and deliciously flaky with fennel seeds adding a beautiful fragrance while a goats cheese & spinach quiche was tangy & rustic, banishing forever all thoughts of a shop bought quiche Lorraine a la 1986.

Service was nice if a tad slow but honestly, after crossing the Heath, admiring the gorgeous Kenwood House and picking out which of the six million dogs I saw that I wanted for myself, there was no hurry to do anything other than sit and enjoy life in one of the most picturesque parts of London and whilst it might not have been quite like dining under the Eiffel Tower, it was refreshing to have a good value option that wasn’t a cookie-cutter coffee chain.